- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon special needs teacher has been awarded $125,000 in a settlement with the Salem-Keizer School District.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/2slfdCK ) Holly Dowell was recently awarded for the federal complaint she filed in 2016 against the district, claiming she was discriminated against “on the basis of age, disability based on perceived impairment and whistleblowing.”

The allegations in Dowell’s complaint specifically concerned Sprague High School’s former Vice Principal Adam Watkins.

Watkins became the vice principal in 2014, serving as Dowell’s supervisor.

Dowell claims Watkins showed favoritism to younger female teachers and interacted with Dowell with “hostility and anger.” She also claims Watkins subjected her to “additional and unnecessary surveillance and scrutiny.”

Dowell voluntarily agreed to resign from the district and agreed not to reapply in the future as part of the settlement.

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